Top image caption: The Kingdom of Bhutan rejected the Tibetans back in 1979

Of the four modern day countries that border with historical Tibet – India, Nepal, Bhutan and Myanmar – Bhutan has always been traditionally closely associated with Tibet. Both have Buddhism as their main religion, rely on the same writing script developed by Thonmi Sambhota, and the Bhutanese and Tibetans share many of the same saints, form of worship, foods, customs and even architectural styles as one another. Someone who is familiar with Tibetans would feel very at home and familiar in Bhutan.

So on paper and in theory, one would be forgiven for assuming that the Bhutanese are the Tibetans’ biggest supporters. After all, why would two brothers in Central Asia with so many commonalities, struggle to find reasons to be supportive of each other? To be anything other than supportive seems almost inconceivable.

Yet, as we dig deeper into the issues of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA; Tibetan leadership), we can see clearly why support has not been forthcoming by the Bhutanese to the Tibetans. For the last 60 years, the CTA’s selfishness and schemes, and sense of entitlement have led a close ‘relative’ to effectively reject them since the 1980s.

King Jigme Singe Wangchuck introduced many modern reforms to Bhutan. He even used his absolute power as a monarch to force democracy on his adoring people, before abdicating the throne in favor of his son King Jigme Khesar, whom he is seen here crowning. In 1974, 28 Tibetans, including the Dalai Lama’s representative to Bhutan, were arrested for conspiring to assassinate Bhutan’s respected and forward-thinking king. No wonder Bhutan eventually came to reject the Tibetans.

In 1979, the Bhutanese government issued the Tibetans in their country with an ultimatum: become Bhutanese or go back to China. This came after 28 Tibetans, including the Dalai Lama’s representative in Thimphu (Bhutan’s capital) were arrested and accused of conspiring to assassinate Bhutan’s beloved King Jigme Singye Wangchuck. It also followed after tensions had grown between the Tibetan refugees and the local Bhutanese who were understandably upset by the Tibetans’ refusal to assimilate into Bhutanese culture.

Although the government’s move seemed harsh at the time, we now know from history that this decision was fueled by some incredible foresight, because the government knew that allowing Tibetans to remain Tibetans would:

  • Allow them to engage in constant protests for the ‘Tibetan cause’ which would be disruptive to Bhutan’s peace and own drive towards modernization and improvement
  • Encourage them to remain ostracized from the Bhutanese population, and therefore suffer resentment and discrimination for being refugees
By giving Tibetans the option of becoming Bhutanese, it would instead:
  • Encourage them to be assimilated into Bhutanese society so they would have legal access and rights to all of the services and economic potential that every Bhutanese has a right to
  • Ensure that their kingdom would remain peaceful and avoid all of the disagreements and conflicts that India and Nepal had to struggle with in the succeeding years
  • Ensure that Tibetans who remained in the country would become contributing members of their society and economy, and become less reliant on hand-outs
  • Take the “Tibetan refugee” situation out of the equation in any of their dealings with China, and allow them to remain focused on developing their country holistically

Shockingly however, the CTA at the time opposed this ultimatum by the Bhutanese government who had already kindly given refuge to 4000 Tibetan refugees. CTA officials were even accused of creating difficulties for the Tibetans refugees in Bhutan, although these Bhutan-based Tibetans had already accepted that Bhutan was the country of their future. It is a move that was echoed 38 years later when, in 2017, Tibetans were given the opportunity to become Indian citizens but the CTA made moves to sabotage it. The CTA clearly have a pattern of acting against their people’s own best interests.

And in spite of the CTA’s opposition to Bhutan, 2,300 Tibetans did opt to become Bhutanese citizens while the remainder resettled in India where they continue to live under the yoke of the CTA. And since that time, Bhutan has remained silent on the issue of Tibet and scarred from their experiences in the 1970s, it looks like they will continue to do so. So just add Bhutan to the list of countries who have rejected the Tibetans, as the CTA are increasingly disfavored around the world and sadly, they fail to take into account how much the world does not need them. In befriending, supporting and donating to the Tibetan leadership, what do the world get except for the feel-good factor, and a pat on the back for having helped the less fortunate? In befriending and supporting China, nations get jobs, a more vibrant economy and a boosted tourist industry.

The green line on the map delineates historical Tibet, while the countries in grey below are those which border with them. Except for India, whose support is already waning, none of the countries which border with historical Tibet support their “Tibetan cause”. Meanwhile, instead of focusing on the welfare of their people in India, the Tibetan leaders gallivant around the world on the pretext of drumming up support. What support have they accomplished when no one in their region will stand up for them?

So what do the CTA have that anybody really wants? Not much. They are like a door-to-door salesman you made the mistake of opening your front door to; he will just keep coming back over and over again because he knows someone he can make a sale to, and squeeze money from. But while the CTA has focused on traveling the world to make this sale so they can accumulate financial support and not much else, China has been focused on Tibet’s doorstep, courting the border countries and locking down their support in order to ensure that they remain in control of the situation. As a result, aside from India, none of the other countries sharing a common border with historical Tibet have lent their support to the Tibetan cause – Myanmar remains supportive of China’s policies, as are Nepal and eventually Bhutan.

So is the CTA’s policy working? It is a firm and resolute ‘no’, and it is obvious to see when you compare the successes of the Bhutanese with that of the CTA. While Bhutan is lauded as an internationally recognized and shining example of a “people and environment first” government policy, the CTA is famous for being refugees. Since entering exile in 1959, the CTA has become a dab hand at offending, rejecting and befriending all of the wrong people. They continuously offend and protest against the Chinese leadership who controls Tibet; they befriend the West who will not do anything except give pocket change, and they reject and abuse the people who have been kind to them, like India and Bhutan.

They even reject and abuse their own people, regardless of where in the world they are – just as Bhutan accused the Tibetan leadership of making life difficult for Bhutanese-based Tibetans, the CTA have also been accused of making life difficult for marginalized groups like Dorje Shugden practitioners and the Jonangpas who have been fighting for equal representation in the Tibetan parliament. So 60 years in exile has resulted in a leadership that has failed to garner firm and decisive political support for their goals, and failed to provide a decent future for their people. If the CTA continues down this path, Bhutan will not be the last nation that rejects them until one day finally, there will be no one and nothing left but disappointments.


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  1. Thondup L.~Dharamsala

    August 23, 2017 at 5:41 pm

    The CTA acts all innocent but they are well known for allegedly ‘getting rid’ of rivals permanently in the Tibetan world. Trying to assassinate the Bhutanese king as in this Indiatoday is not surprising but disgusting. Not only have Dalai Lama’s brother and CTA tried to assassinate the Bhutanese King, but they tried to assassinate the 16th Karmapa for not obeying the then CTA’s directives. When you work for or are associated with CTA, there is nothing but deceit and disappointment. The Dalai Lama’s brother is well known for his violence, power hungry and greed based actions within the Tibetan communities. People speak in hushed tones not daring to offend the Dalai Lama. But in truth, the Dalai Lama should do something about this.

    It is not surprising CTA rejected Bhutan’s extremely kind offer of citizenship to the Tibetan refugees because this is what CTA is doing now in India. Not allowing their Tibetans to obtain Bhutanese or Indian citizenship is a way of keeping the refugee status quo to parade the ‘poor Tibetan refugees’ for more money. If you take citizenship, you are not a refugee anymore and not qualified for aid. Simple equation. Why wouldn’t CTA want their people to have a good life and be safe as a citizen of any country? After all, if Tibet is free, all of the Tibetans can just go back to Tibet and take on Tibetan citizenship. Why are all the Tibetans in America, Europe and Canada becoming citizens of these countries? Because the policies of those countries require it so CTA has to remain quiet. Remember, the CTA has received US$ billions in aid from the US alone. CTA’s greedy pockets are lined well with money. The CTA is not out to help their people. For sure.

  2. Solomon Lang

    August 24, 2017 at 1:44 am

    Yes I agree. The CTA and President Sangay has lost sight of its goal a long time ago.

    Bhutan has been dragged into the current border dispute between China and India-Sangay, over Doklam.

    Bhutan has been dragged into it because Bhutan too has claim over the land currently occupied. However, it is not willing to be held hostage by India. So the divide between the CTA and Bhutan will only widen.

    Read more here:

  3. Tenzin Palljor

    August 24, 2017 at 2:13 am

    If you read this article posted by Solomon Lang:

    The article says clearly that Bhutan wants to have diplomatic ties with China. That last year in Bhutan, the most amount of tourists to visit was from China. Bhutan is not wanting the ‘close’ smothering relationship it has with India. India is forcing it’s troops to Bhutan to counter China. Bhutan is not happy with this. Bhutan wants more relations with China and not so much India anymore.

  4. Camillia

    August 24, 2017 at 5:43 am

    The way the CTA operates seem to focus on cutting off any potential good life the Tibetan in exile may get to enjoy. By making it difficult to get citizenship of India and historically of Bhutan. While officially, it may seem that Dharamsala wants to strategically keep the numbers of Tibetans in exile as a factor when negotiating with Beijing.

    Unfortunately, no effort was made by the CTA to get into a talk with Beijing since the last 50 years. It became clear that the statelessness of Tibetan in exile serves as a tool for CTA to get donation from the West who is ascustomed to pulling out their cheque book at the first sight of poverty.

    Is it right for CTA to do so?

    Well, it is not wrong for CTA to garner financial support using the unflavorable plight of her own people. But it is WRONG, when this sorry plight is orchestrated and engineered by CTA themselves, in the expenses of the welfare and future of her own people; by manipulating Tibetans in exile’s emotional attachment to Dalai Lama and the glory Tibet.

  5. Elibuchen

    August 26, 2017 at 3:28 am

    You can’t be a country in exile known for its refugees, there is no benefit whatsoever.

    Reading this article, its clarified for me one thing, China’s strategy to engage with its
    neighbours was absolutely spot on. You can say what you want about China but they have results in what they engage in.

    That should have been CTA’s strategy, to get China to the negotiation table but alas its too late now. Yet another door closes for the CTA and Tibetans.

  6. SabrinaS

    August 27, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    My goodness! Such audacity! Going into someone else’s country, who out of compassion gave refuge, and plotting murder of the much loved King of the people!!! Losing their own country and then tried to grab another to rule? Well, they chose a wrong target. Even though Bhutan may share the same religious beliefs and foundation, Bhutan was built on the solid foundation of their great ruling King Jigme Singe Wangchuck who was progressive and has the people at heart. Bhutan is well known for their peaceful society, harmony amongst all sects of religion and strong individual rights. The King had kept the country economically stable with conservation leading the priority to uphold the pristine beauty of the country. His son, the current King Jigme Khesar is just as beloved as the former King, as he carries on the great legacy as the People’s King. I applaud Bhutan for the steps taken to keep their country safe and harmonious with the policies forcing the refugees to integrate into society properly. It is also for the good of the refugees that they have a place to call home after the sufferings and uncertainty that they had lived with since leaving Tibet. This way they can set their vision or goal for the future without fear of having to move on to start anew. Such kindness accorded to the refugees by the King and Bhutanese.

    As said, Tibet and Bhutan share very similar background in being Buddhist based but from there, huge differences are glaring between these two countries. Oh wait! CTA does not have a country and are living off India’s kindness.

    1. CTA’s feudal rule impose much hardship to their people while Bhutan ruled with fairness and there are hardly any tax if any with most facilities free of charge.
    2. Where CTA are sectarian. especially with the segregation of Gelugpa practitioners into pro or anti-Shugden with the imposition of the ban on Dorje Shugden practice, the Bhutanese enjoys harmony of religious freedom.
    3. Where CTA used the massive sponsorship funds on their self serving activities with their people living in poverty, the Bhutanese enjoys good living standard and their country’s GDP is measurement of the happiness of the citizens.
    4. Where CTA lived as professional “beggar” for sponsorships, Bhutan is self-sustaining with tourism and natural resources.
    5. Where CTA and the Dalai Lama are no longer welcomed in many countries due to the created animosity between CTA and China which will affect theses countries alliance with China for political and trade agreements, Bhutan King and government are welcome everywhere. I remember listening to a speech given during the world conservation conference by King Jigme Khesar, His Highness gave such an enthralling speech that capture the audiences’ attention throughout the speech and receive such tremendous applause. I don’t remember CTA making any memorable speech that moved the audience but instead creates schism, discomfort and wrong thoughts/views.

    CTA will do well to emulate the Bhutanese King and his government before more countries show the tiring of their refugee statue and rejects them. Create the harmony by accepting people’s choice and lift the illogical ban on authentic practice of Protector Dorje Shugden.

  7. Pema

    August 27, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    It seems that each time we read a new article about Tibet, there are bad news again. Bhutan’s kindness was repaid in a terrible way. When do the Tibetans finally want to go back to Tibet and live their life!

    The world has already enough problems! it is time for the Tibetans to solve their problems and go back to Tibet, in China.

  8. Dondrup Shugden

    August 31, 2017 at 2:30 am

    It is rather surprising that Bhutan would take such a harsh decision of rejecting Tibetans entry into this fairy tale kingdom. However reading this article, I totally understand the decision of Bhutan. It is out of compassion that Bhutan wants the Tibetan refugees in her country to enjoy the same privileges as a Bhutanese. And why not as Bhutan is such a citizen friendly country whose GDP is based on the happiness of her citizens.

    Being so near to Tibet and having Buddhism as her religion, it is easy to imagine all the commonalities between these two countries and their people.

    But there is one stark difference, the King of Bhutan cares for and looks after his people while the CTA of the Tibetans enslave their people to be used as a pawn for their taking monies from other countries and private donors.

    There is so much injustice dispensed by CTA. Creating poverty, frustration and desperation among the Tibetans.

    In order to distract from their inept or purposeful agenda, CTA creates disharmony, division and hate with the Dorje Shugden issue.

    Using Tibetans and the Ban on Dorje Shugden are evil agendas and must be stopped, otherwise CTA will become irrelevant which seem like the direction it is going.

  9. Anonymous

    September 4, 2017 at 7:28 am

    Bhutanese and Tibetans share the same Buddhism, language and many aspects of culture-they share many of the same saints, form of worship, foods, customs and even the same architectural styles . There should have been no problem for Tibetan refugees to assimilate into the Bhutanese culture. However,in 1979, the Bhutanese government had to issue an ultimatum to the Tibetans in Bhutan to either become Bhutanese or go back to China!.

    This ultimatum had come about after a group of Tibetans were accused of entering into a conspiracy to assassinate Bhutan’s beloved King(such audacity!). Moreover, this also followed growing tensions in Bhutan over the fact that Tibetans in Bhutan were not making an effort to assimilate into Bhutanese culture. .

    The move for Tibetans to assimilate into Bhutan’s culture was for the best, to promote harmony and peace and stability in Bhutan.CTA was characteristically against the move by Bhutan. Nonetheless,despite their disapproval,2500 Tibetans did wisely opt to become Bhutanese citizens, while the remainder chose to resettle in India where they continued to be under the thumb of the Tibetan leadership.

    Now, in hindsight, the Bhutanese government had made a wise move. It is now unencumbered in any of its dealings with China, including its efforts to get China’s aid and support. It’s also a win-win situation for the Tibetans who had opted to become Bhutanese citizens.

    If only more Tibetans in India were as wise and opt for Indian citizenship. After 60 years, they would have assimilated themselves into Indian culture – language, food and the like.

  10. Doreen Park

    September 4, 2017 at 7:32 am

    Bhutanese and Tibetans share the same Buddhism, language and many aspects of culture-they share many of the same saints, form of worship, foods, customs and even the same architectural styles . There should have been no problem for Tibetan refugees to assimilate into the Bhutanese culture. However,in 1979, the Bhutanese government had to issue an ultimatum to the Tibetans in Bhutan to either become Bhutanese or go back to China!.

    This ultimatum had come about after a group of Tibetans were accused of entering into a conspiracy to assassinate Bhutan’s beloved King(what an audacity!). Moreover, this also followed growing tensions in Bhutan over the fact that Tibetans in Bhutan were not making an effort to assimilate into Bhutanese culture. .

    The move for Tibetans to assimilate into Bhutan’s culture was for the best, to promote harmony and peace and stability in Bhutan.CTA was characteristically against the move by Bhutan. Nonetheless,despite their disapproval,2500 Tibetans did wisely opt to become Bhutanese citizens, while the remainder chose to resettle in India where they continued to be under the thumb of the Tibetan leadership.

    Now, in hindsight, the Bhutanese government had made a wise move. It is now unencumbered in any of its dealings with China, including its efforts to get China’s aid and support. It’s also a win-win situation for the Tibetans who had opted to become Bhutanese citizens.

    If only more Tibetans in India were as wise and opt for Indian citizenship. After 60 years, they would have assimilated themselves into Indian culture – language, food and the like.

  11. Sherabz

    September 5, 2017 at 11:43 am

    The incident happened in 1979 made Bhutanese government understand that they have to stand firm to provide a peace, security and good environment to the people. Otherwise, the disruptive influence may bring harm and ultimately will cause the local people suffer. They understand that to cause the people in suffering is definitely not followed the Buddha’s teachings.

    Bhutanese government’s decision to give the ultimatum to the Tibetans in the country might be the great resolution for now, to let the Tibetans to make up their mind to stay or go.

  12. We Love Tibet

    September 14, 2017 at 6:31 am

    We love Tibet and we want her free. But the Tibetan government in exile is segregating our people due to religion. Here in Germany today September 13, 2017 Tibetans are protesting against the Dalai Lama. Quite a few videos here:

  13. Pema Norbu

    September 15, 2017 at 8:06 am

    Here is a clear video of His Holiness the Dalai Lama asking the monasteries to expel monks that practice Dorje Shugden. Click here to watch:

  14. Jing Jing

    September 25, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    CTA please stop harming those who had been nice and help you. You think no body know? Tibet is fail because of CTA. Look what have they done? Plotting to kill the Bhutan’s king?? Out of your mind? People had helped so many Tibetans by giving them a home. No gratitude some more create problem??

    I simply cannot imagine how Tibet was ruled before taken down by China? Look at the Tibetan in china now! Look at what they have and enjoying in Tibet now! What do all of you in Tibetan exile got? Nothing !!! You are just the cash cow for CTA!

  15. Kunsang from Switzerland

    September 30, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    It is very sad the only REAL leader the Tibetans produced in the last sixty years is Dalai Lama. Dalai Lama is 82 and how many more years can he ‘lead’ his people in exile and never getting his country back?

    Dalai Lama’s policy for Tibet in making friends with western powers and criticizing China is not working out. How do we know? It has been sixty years since Tibetans have been refugees and they still remain ‘refugees’ depending on handouts and free aid and free money. Pathetic.

    Losang Sangye is a big degree holder and his degree is not worth the paper it’s printed on. He can do nothing and has done nothing except become ‘close’ friend with Sharling Dhardon. Their ‘closeness’ is the talk of all Dharamsala.

    Losang Sangye and any ‘leader’ will not have real power but simply the puppets of the all powerful god king Dalai Lama who is the real power behind the throne.

  16. Tokyo Dalai Lama watcher

    September 30, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    If it was not for Buddhism, no one would listen to the Dalai Lama!! The Dalai Lama gives the Kalacakra, gives self help speeches, sermons, prayers, rituals and wears the maroon dress to vast crowds. The maroon dress he wears is really a good marketing method although it is not meant to be. All these Buddhist events is what gathers the crowd to Dalai Lama. If you look at the Dalai Lama himself, besides being a smiley, shrewd and intelligent person, what does he have to attract people? Removing all from him that is Buddhist, what does the Dalai Lama have that is different than any other groups or deposed leaders that the world does not listen to. Dalai Lama owes all this to Buddhism. Therefore he should make harmony within the Buddhist community. How he is segregating certain sects with his rhetoric is dangerous. He is expelling people here clearly due to only a difference in religion: I was personally shocked to see this. I have met some Tibetan government leaders in Tokyo and privately they told me, they were also shocked that the Dalai Lama would say this and none of them dare advise him otherwise. They felt after Dalai Lama’s expulsion of people and in such a angry manner, it will not bode well in the future within Tibetan Buddhism which is the basis of his power. You can see in the video how angry the Dalai Lama seems to be. The Tibetan government persons in Japan also mentioned that the Dalai Lama listened to his oracle Nechung’s advice to ban this sect within Buddhism. Dalai Lama relies heavily on this Nechung god taking trance (oracle) for all his moves. Nechung is even summoned in the Dalai Lama’s private quarters to give prophecies:-

    It bewilders his followers why Dalai Lama relies so heavily on Nechung when he is suppose to be an avatar of a god Avalokita himself. Nechung is invited to most of his public events to do his dance and prophecies. Many Tibetans such as MP Tenpa Yarphel are not happy and speaking up finally: and . The over-reliance on Nechung demeans the Dalai Lama they feel and makes their government backwards. No modern governments consult gods and oracles for every move and if they do, they should not show this publicly. This is not a case of transparency but the Dalai Lama has not trained good advisers skilled in world politics by his side obviously to advise him and uses a god instead. Till now Nechung after 60 years has not proven correct. Nechung has not secured Tibet back. It was in fact in 2012 that Nechung told his monk Dorje Dalai Lama will go back to Tibet very soon, but it has not happened. Dorje is so ecstatic of this Nechung prophecy: . The prophecy proved to be wrong again by Nechung unfortunately for Dorje and the rest of the hopefuls.

    Losang Sangay is too busy with Sharling Dhardon and this is well known among the Tibetans. Without the Dalai Lama backing him up or promoting him, he is nothing and no one will listen to him. That is why everyone in the ‘Tibetan government’ are careful not to offend or displease the Dalai Lama who is the real power behind the throne. If you displease the king, you will be removed from the limelight and that means no more access to money, perks and foreigners who will give you money. Losang Sangay has made zero progress with talks with China since he ‘took office’. Whatever office that is. This shows his priority is not the Tibetans inside and outside of Tibet but to fill his own pockets before the King passes. Basically milk the cow while he can. Sad but that is the situation.

    I posted this ‘pictograph’ here of Sharling and Lobsang floating on the internet when you google. Interesting. I guess the Tibetans are not happy with Lobsang Sangay and Sharling who is really outspoken to her own detriment!

  17. Tsering Gonkatsang

    September 30, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    Member of Parliament Tenpa Yarphel is a hero. He is speaking up for free speech and freedom of expression. He is exercising his rights, he is standing up for logical democracy which is the only way forward and not having to contact spirits like Nechung via oracles to make decisions that impact people’s lives. But look how people speak about him in the comments, so rude and nasty. It really represents the Dalai Lama badly as they are supporting Dalai Lama beings so rude:

    They say we need to believe in Nechung and follow what he says. But in 2009 Nechung said the Dalai Lama would go back to Tibet and that everyone would be happy. A monk from Nechung Monastery is the one that told everyone about this: But Nechung was wrong. It has been eight years and this has not happened. The Dalai Lama did not return to Tibet. Nechung being consulted by Tibetan government in exile is backwards. No governments do this in the civilized world.

    When people like Tenpa Yarphel speak up and are real patriots of the Tibetan people, they are attacked by other people. In fact people even protest like this man who shaves his hair: People like these are actually protesting against Tenpa Yarphel’s democratic rights and freedom of speech. Tibetans by criticizing Tenpa Yarphel shows they are far from democracy. Besides many of the other Kagyu leaders such as Drigung Chetsang Rinpoche, Drukchen Rinpoche, Karmapa Thaye Dorje all did not say anything against Tenpa Yarphel that represents the Kagyus.

    Dalai Lama had said that is his minister of cabinet in the government. Even though it is clear that Nechung is unreliable and a spirit, the Dalai Lama continues to rely heavily on Nechung and other oracles who take trance of spirits. He invites Nechung to all his events and allow him to take trance in centre stage always. In fact the Dalai Lama even calls the oracles to his own private bedroom:

    These practices show how Tibetan government is run.

  18. Sharling Tara

    October 1, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    The Dalai Lama is so old and he can pass anytime. Beijing is waiting for that. Beijing has full control of Tibet and nothing to fear. Dalai Lama and his government negotiates with Beijing or not does not matter. It’s a small matter in fact. Tibet will never have another King so powerful like Dalai Lama and so influential.

    Actually if Lobsang Sangye was smart, he would do his best to negotiate with China for a better deal for autonomy for Tibet while Dalai Lama is alive. With Dalai Lama alive, he will have more weight and backing. So why doesn’t Lobsang Sangye do so? The reason why Lobsang Sangye does not work hard to negotiate with China is because he does not care about the people. If the Dalai Lama dies, he is rich with big houses and he just moves on. He is in his position for the perks and wealth and US Passport which he has now. So why should he worry?


  19. Swiss Tibetan Rangzen

    October 1, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    Sharling Dhardon is rich and carries expensive hand bags while her ‘refugee’ Tibetans sell sweaters on the hot Indian streets.

  20. Swiss Tibetan Rangzen

    October 1, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    Sharling Dhardon and Lobsang Sangay are always together. Very close. They launched the book against Dorje Shugden practice together. Together they can authorized the spending of thousands of US dollars for commissioning a book against Dorje Shugden to further isolate and segregate the Tibetans who continue with their faith in Dorje Shugden. They do this to please the Dalai Lama so their money-making posts will be secure. They only want money.

    After the launching of the book against Dorje Shugden practitioners, they went down to Delhi to be at an expensive hotel and delicious five star dinner to enjoy their victory together.😘

  21. Phayul commentator

    October 2, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    Ms. Lhagyari Namgyal Dolkar is an MP of the CTA and she should immediatly resign and give honor to the disonorable CTA or Central Tibetan Administration in Dharamsala. She is an elected official. She should not fight with the tourists and spectators. If she is going to post things about Tibet, she has accept there will be people who do not accept what she is posting and be ready for opposition but not using violence. If the spectator gets violent, then Ms. Lhagyari should immediately go to the police and run from the scene. The police station is very nearby. Do not stand around and have violent interaction with people walking by. It does not look good as an MP of the Tibetan government in exile under the Dalai Lama. MP Ms. Lhagyari Namgyal Dolkar is a disgrace and should resign.👎


  22. Lobsang Tsundue

    October 2, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    Tibetan PM Ms. Lhagyari Namgyal Dolkar is a disgrace fighting with the public. She should resign from her position. She represents our CTA government very badly.

    It is well known she is a Chinese agent and has been collecting money from China for many years. 🇨🇳🇨🇳🇨🇳

  23. sierra

    October 11, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    The CTA has no wish to let Tibetan refugees to apply for foreign citizenship. As pointed in the article, CTA rejects the Bhutanese offer and sabotages their own people’s efforts to apply for Indian passports. Guess, supporting these efforts at obtaining citizenship means an end to their easy money. If all refugees have obtained foreign citizenship and left the settlement, there;ll be nothing in the settlements for them to lord it over.

    The King of Bhutan is very humble and caring king who takes the happiness of his subjects to heart. He can be seen traversing the countryside, often walking on rough terrain to experience first hand the lives his subjects live. A very exemplary and much loved king. My respects though I have not personally been to Bhutan nor seen His Highness.

  24. Jamyang Delhi

    October 11, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    For sure Dalai Lama does not want independence for Tibet but Rangzen-fighting Tibetans are going against the Dalai Lama. They are hardcore separatists and most likely taking Chinese money to create schism. The attached Times of India article is very clear what the Dalai Lama wants. Rangzen Tibetans and activists are 100% against Dalai Lama and Tibetan nation.

  25. Tashi Delhi

    October 11, 2017 at 8:42 pm

    Dalai Lama does not want independence for Tibet but autonomy. All Rangzen-fighting Tibetans are going against the Dalai Lama. They are hardcore separatists and most likely taking Chinese money to create schism. See the attached Times of India article, its very clear what the Dalai Lama wants. Rangzen Tibetans and activists are 100% against Dalai Lama and Tibetan nation.

  26. Bylakuppe C

    October 11, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    Read the comment attached from Youtube video, see how Tibetans are ungrateful, greedy and nasty. The Indians are angry and have a right to be angry after hosting the Tibetans for 60 years. Yet instead of being grateful, they lash back. Even calling the Indian students “COMMUNIST CHINA PAID DOGS” and other vulgarities. Very racist. Anything Tibetans don’t like, they call you a China spy or China money eating agent. Even the Indian nationals now are berated as China dogs. No wonder Indians are protesting for Tibetans to go back! This is happening while the Dalai Lama is alive for after he passes, it will completely degenerate and the Indians will take action and expel the ungrateful refugees.

  27. Tenzin Peljor

    October 12, 2017 at 6:22 pm

    Tibetans use India and clearly the Tibetans don’t respect India. They are also very racist. Indians are tired of this and want them out. Now big protests in the hundreds are happening in Arunachal Pradesh state of India demanding Tibetans go back to Tibet. The people there are tired of the Tibetans and do not welcome them anymore. After 60 years, why are the Tibetans still refugees? If they can go western country, they will go because India is NOT GOOD ENOUGH FOR THEM BECAUSE THEY ARE USERS. They put India down by doing this. They only stay in India if they cannot go to another country. They never get Indian citizenship because they want foreign citizenship. Shame. In India, they never pay taxes. They never join army to defend India. They never build hospitals, half way houses, orphanages or get money from foreign aid to help India. They never build anything for Indians and we have so many poor Indians in India. Look at the foreigner Mother Teresa how much she did for India and she did so much for Indians in Calcutta but Tibetans do nothing. Not a charitable race. Their Dalai Lama never set up orphanages, schools, soup kitchens for the poor or set up scholarship for Indians. He lived in India for 60 years and give nothing back but take and use Indian land. The Tibetans lived in India for 60 years but they contribute nothing to India. Only complain and Indians are now going to speak up. The SUMAA students said the protests against Tibetans are only beginning and there will be more.

    After 60 years how can they still be refugees? They are not genuine refugees. They call themselves refugees and not get Indian passport so their Tibetan ‘government’ in Dharamsala can continue to market them to western countries and Japan to give them money. To get free money. Tibetan leaders love free money. Tibetans have big houses, nice cars and can travel to other countries. The Dalai Lama temples in Dharamsala have gold idols and gold paintings and live in very high luxury. Tibetan leaders already get money in the US billions in aid and yet they never improve. The Tibetans always say they have no opportunities in India. Why they say that? Because they are saying they are too good for India.

    They say they want autonomy with China but they fly the Tibetan flag on Indian soil. If they want autonomy, they should fly the Chinese flag and show China government they are serious to sit and talk. They are always lying. They protest against China on Indian soil making problems between India and China. India is not responsible for Tibetans. Tibetans should not make China India’s enemy. Don’t be selfish. China is not India’s problem. Tibetans should solve the problems themselves.

    Tibetan leaders only want money, money and more free things. They always make segregation among their people due to regional differences and religion. Look how they supress the Dorje Shugden religion and their own Dorje Shugden Tibetans cannot join in their schools or Dalai Lama’s talks and ceremonies. They treat the Dorje Shugden people like the low castes in India. Their Tibetan people cannot stand up on their own become something because their leaders want everything for free. When they go to western countries, they lose their culture, religion and language and pay a heavy price. Their children become more like the adopted country’s culture and people. Their ‘government’ in Dharamsala block them from getting Indian citizenship so they can continue using their fake refugee status to get money from the west. When India is so generous to give them citizenship, their own Tibetan minister in Dharamsala block this.

    Now Indians had enough and want Tibetans to get out and go home!

    SUMAA students heavily protest Part 1

    SUMAA students heavily protest Part 2

    Indians and Indian tribal people want Tibetans to go back to Tibet:

    Hundreds of Indians want Tibetans out of India. Protests are vowed to continue:

    Indian SUMAA leaders demanding state government to revoke refugee privileges for Tibetans

    And alternative videos:

    SUMAA students heavily protest

    Indians and Indian tribal people want Tibetans to go back to Tibet:

    Hundreds want Tibetans out of India. Protests are vowed to continue:

    Heavy protest in the hundreds by Indians for Tibetans to get out of India

  28. Lovett

    October 14, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    Within the Tibetan communities in India, there is no free speech and how Tibetans insult each other and would even insult foreigners by calling them Chinese agents just because you speak up and this is suppose to silence you. All of this began with the Tibetan CTA. Nonetheless, there are a handful of Tibetans who had enough and they dare to speak the truth and in this case, Tenpa Yarphel speaks against Nechung and veiled statements about the Shugden ban –
    And then there are people who would oppose his view by shaving his head. Very silly.

  29. Michaela Smith

    October 16, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    Real refugees vs. Tibetan ‘refugee’. Should developed countries continue to help Tibetans, the most prosperous ‘refugees’ on earth?

  30. Lhakpa

    October 17, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    Chokyong Nechung is wrong! Nechung in this video said that Dalai Lama is going back to China and that was five years ago? What happened? Why are we even listening to him ever again. He always make mistakes. 😱


  31. Lhakpa

    October 17, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    Chokyong Nechung is wrong! Nechung in this video said that Dalai Lama is going back to China and that was five years ago? What happened? Why are we even listening to him ever again. He always make mistakes. 😱


  32. Lobsang Sangay

    October 17, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    Let’s face it… there is NO REAL FREEDOM of SPEECH for us Tibetans living under the ruling of the CTA and Dalai Lama. The Tibetan communities in India all sufer this fate and we live in lies and deception of a FAKE DEMOCRACY.

    Just watch how Tibetans insult and backstab each other and would even dare insult people they do not know, calling them Chinese dogs/Chinese spies is the only thing they can say and the label they give you the moment you dare to speak up. This is done to shut you up and to indicate to other Tibetans to attack you because they make you sound like you are a traitor and this is how they get all to turn against you. This is how the Tibetan CTA deals with people they feel threatened. All because of power and position.

    However, there are a few brave Tibetans who basically had enough of their deception and begin to speak up, to tell the truth. A good example is Tenpa Yarphel who bravely stood up and talked about Nechung and the inconsistency and FAILED prophesies… also the ridiculous heavy reliance on him for everything. Where on earth do you ever see any government relying on “mystical Gods” to help them make state decisions? Even if they did, they would not dare tell anyone because this is 2017 not the medieval times. Just watch –

    Then you have the small-minded, sheep like followers, shaving their hair – like WOW big deal, to protest against Tenpa Yarphel. Lololol

  33. Jamyang

    October 17, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    Question to Tibetan exile government, Central Tibetan Administration – CTA: Hey this Geshe Dorje interprets Nechung’s prophecy saying the Dalai Lama will go back to Tibet five years ago, but look, Dalai Lama still cannot go back. Watch…

    Not only that, there is still NO sign of even creating a good relationship for a chance to go back! So we are all stuck and still nowhere near going back to Tibet. So why on earth are we still listening to this spirit Nechung who always makes mistakes and give wrong prophecies? Nechung even killed the 13th Dalai Lama by giving him the wrong medicine. So WHY are we still listening to him for? Why are we Buddhist following what a spirit says? If we can follow Nechung spirit so why condemn Dogyal? This is weird and wrong!

  34. Pema Schneider

    October 19, 2017 at 9:02 am

    Lobsang Sangay at the Golden Jubilee Celebration of Tibetan Settlement Office, in Dharamsala:

    Losang Sangay said recently (October, 2017) in Dharamsala that Tibetans have two enemies: the outer and inner enemy. The outer enemies are the Chinese government and Dorje Shugden people. The inner enemy is the people who speak against about our Tibetan affairs like regional differences and religious differences. (He didn’t say this directly but he means people like Tenpa Yarphel who spoke up in the Parliament) He said out of the two enemies, the worse one is inner enemies.

    Now the Tibetans have started a new Facebook page specifically against Tenpa Yarphel. Tibetans are protesting against him:

    And there is a video of Tibetans with Tenpa Yarphel’s name on the paper against him and asking him to resign:

  35. Matteo

    October 19, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    His Holiness the Dalai Lama is a a dedicated advocate for the principles of democracy. In September this year, Tibetans in India celebrates the 57th anniversary of the establishment of the democratic path in the running of the Tibetan people’s political system. Sadly, it’s all lip service.

    Look at the recent incident of MP Tenpa Yarphel speaking up. Tenpa Yarphel has the right to speak and express his opinion, especially because he is a representative of the people, a Member of Parliament. He was criticised for issueing irresponsible statements, watch this video here:

    What is absurd is that there are even people protesting against his opinion, and shaving their hair in protest:

    Tenpa Yarphel was accused of being sectarian, but the reality is that because of Nechung’s advice, Dorje Shugden practitioners were segregated, discriminated and ostracised from the Tibetan community in general all around the world. This MP is sick of seeing the separation and found the courage to speak up for the unity of the Tibetan people in exile. I think there are many who think the same.

  36. Lukar Jam supporter

    October 19, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    Nechung oracle is not reliable. Many times his predictions wrong. I agree with Tenpa Yarphel.

    He didn’t help when british in tibet in 1904. he gave wrong medicine to 13th dalai lama which caused His holiness’s death. he said in the past Tibetans going back to Tibet. In 2009, this Geshe Dorje read out what Nechung oracle said. How many years passed, negotiation talk never resume after Lobsang Sangay become Sikyong.

    Why we still believe Nechung?

  37. Lukar Jam supporter

    October 19, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    Nechung oracle is not reliable. Many times his predictions wrong.

    He didn’t help when british in tibet in 1904. he gave wrong medicine to 13th dalai lama which caused His holiness’s death. he said in the past Tibetans going back to Tibet. In 2009, this Geshe Dorje read out what Nechung oracle said. How many years passed, negotiation talk never resume after Lobsang Sangay become Sikyong.

    Why we still believe Nechung? Watch this short clip and see how confident this Geshe was explaining, but it never came true:

  38. Tashi, Delhi

    October 20, 2017 at 9:28 am

    What is the CTA for a club? Going around pretending to be a democracy and only because of HH Dalai Lama they can make some foreign people believe it but it seems that karma is coming back.

    The CTA is suppressing their own people and having a good life with the money originally meant for the Tibetan people. On top, their elections are a farce!

    Listen here to Tenpa Yarphel who questions about the reliance of the Tibetan Government to Nechung, an oracle, which is understandable already but on top Nechung’s predictions seem to create more problems than anything else.

    What happens to Tenpa Yarphel now that he speaks up? Tibetans have started a Facebook page against Tenpa Yarphel and protest against him: They even ask Tenpa Yarphel to resign:

    “Democracy” in the Tibetan Government? Well not at all!!

  39. tashi

    October 22, 2017 at 7:24 am

    CTA has no gratitude, not thankful. They use Tibetans and even their neighbours. Sad day for Tibetan refugees. 😢😆

  40. ashrao

    October 29, 2017 at 10:56 am

    Unfortunately, the dream of Tibetan democracy is nothing but that. Look at this brave Tenpa Yarphel speaking up against the spirit Nechung ( He brings up a good point, the Tibetans rely more on a spirit than they do on democratic principles and their own intelligence and care for their own people.

    But these Tibetans themselves are so enamored with the spirit that they protest against Tenpa Yarphel, lame protests, but protests nonetheless, like this man who cut off his hair ( I really don’t understand how this is a protest, but each to their own I guess.

    Personally, I don’t really think much of the Tibetans who follow their lame government. I’ve seen first-hand just how much the average Tibetan suffers under their current leadership and this just goes to show that their government is ineffective and schismatic. But one thing about this whole situation is somewhat promising, there is a silver lining, and that is the point was raised by a Tibetan MP within their parliament. He wouldn’t have done so if other people in the Tibetan community did not feel the same way. It is time for Tibetan to free themselves of a superstitious, money-grabbing, self-serving, and impotent government.

  41. Dawa Lhamo

    October 29, 2017 at 11:44 am

    Tibetan government are useless, they rely on Nechung

    Any you know what, their supporters even cut their hair off because they don’t agree with MP. This guy funny.

    What this going to change?

  42. ashrao

    October 29, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    The Tibetan government keep relying on Nechung for everything, though all his predictions and advice cause more damage than harm. Is it even wise to follow his advice, I mean he was wrong about His Holiness the Dalai Lama returning to Tibet in five years

    That was in 2009, we are now in 2017, which was 8 years ago. Is his advice really trust worthy? I wonder why the Tibetan government even continue to listen to him. Perhaps they get something out of it?

  43. Tashi Gonkatsang

    October 29, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    This ashrao posted this video:

    What he said is true. I couldn’t believe it at first, because I never heard my parents or relatives tell much such things before. But when I asked my uncle who is a monk, he told me it is true. He said that Nechung gave bad advice and has continued to give bad advice. My uncle said that even many of the monks and high lamas don’t even believe in anything Nechung says. Better to say no rather than listening to his advice from now on. My parents were shocked. They used to go and see Nechung oracle when they were in India, but luckily I was able to move them to the USA. Now we better off. I can’t believe that the government still listen to the Nechung.

  44. Hi I'm Lobsang Sangye I'm a liar

    October 29, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    It’s quite refreshing to have someone from the parliament speaking up and raising questions about the unjustness that’s been happening within its own “government”. Tenpa Yarphel is extremely brave to speak up like that, Tibetans HAVE TO WATCH IT! 👍

    1. Tibetan shaves off his hair in protest against MP Tenpa Yarphel 2017 Sept

    2. Tibetan Parliament member representing Kagyu School Ven. Tenpa Yarphel speaks against Nechung

    Then of course, we have some intelligent individuals such as Geshe Dorje himself, who just wants attention, talks big but does nothing else 🙄 :

  45. TseringD, Delhi

    October 29, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    I m think Nechung is one of d best when I m watch dis video By Geshe Dorjee la but now I m think is not d truth n he is lie to Tibet people we r not back to Tibet yt Chithue Tenpa Yarphel la tq for talk about truth of Nechung . I m watch to this video many time la n after I hear you talk I m not belief to Nechung

    ZUMA 👎

  46. Why CTA Why

    October 30, 2017 at 5:32 am

    Watch when Geshe Dorje interprets Nechung’s prophecies!

    After the Nechung oracle takes trance, his answers are interpreted and explained by Geshe Dorje, a Buddhist master from Nechung Monastery.

    This video from 2009 proves that Nechung is wrong again! Why rely on Nechung when all his prophecies are wrong?? Someone with a hidden agenda maybe?!!

  47. Michaela Smith

    October 30, 2017 at 7:28 am

    Only the CTA relies on the Nechung and made the spirit who gave so many false advice so much privilleges

  48. Namdrol

    October 30, 2017 at 7:56 am

    MP Tenpa Yarphel is very brave to questioned the validity and accuracy of the spirit Nechung who the Dalai Lama always consulted, apparently Nechung has been giving highly inaccurate prophecies, but people still keep using him because Dalai Lama keeps using him and nobody dare to say otherwise, although Nechung is full of mistake, no wonder Tibetans did not get back their country even after 60 years:

    Look at this guy’s way of protest against MP Tenpa Yarphel and you know why the Tibetans will never get back their country:

  49. Amber Sonam

    October 30, 2017 at 8:32 am

    Bravo to MP Tenpa Yarphel who is brave enough to speak up! CTA sure has a lot of dodgy business going on even it’s own MP cannot keep quiet anymore. Watch what is being said here

    Yet, those in denial continue to support the corruptions within the CTA by shaving off his hair in protest against MP Tenpa Yarphel

    He is also supported by Geshe Dorje himself who is riding on the Nechung issue giving no concrete proof as usual

  50. Michaela Smith

    October 30, 2017 at 8:45 am

    I would like to share with you about this courageous Tibetan parliament MP who is speaking up against Nechung. He received a lot of backlash due to his bravery, but I hope it won’t deter him to speak up in the future. There are many people who actually agree with him

    1. Tibetan Parliament member representing Kagyu School, speak up about Nechung

    2. Tibetan shaves off his hair in protest against MP Tenpa Yarphel 2017 Sept

  51. Amdo Shapale

    November 17, 2017 at 8:59 am

    Sikyong Lobsang Sangay creating trouble

    Growing public anger as Kashag reluctant to give clear statement on NA Rep. row
    [Thursday, November 16, 2017 21:19]
    By Tenzin Dharpo

    DHARAMSHALA, Nov. 16: Following the announcement to relieve North America CTA mission representative and former Speaker Penpa Tsering from his position on Nov. 7, there has been a general sense of dissatisfaction among sections of the community with some even suggesting protests and boycott of events where President Sangay is scheduled to attend.

    While the Kashag asserts that the issue was handled as per the binding rules and with rightful authority, the handling of the situation, many say, has rolled back on President Sangay’s campaign claims of transparency and unity. An official announcement and a press briefing by Kashag have not mentioned a clear reason for Penpa’s ousting other than vague reference to dereliction in his role there and hints at insubordination.

    Officiating President Ven. Karma Gelek Yuthok told the media last week that the Kashag need not give a clarification over the transfer or firing of any staff and that the issue is an “internal matter”.

    The growing impasse between the public and Kashag’s (cabinet) reluctance to give a clear explanation over the cause of Penpa’s ousting has escalated over the last week. A New York based individual going by the name of Mila Rangzen has called for a non-violent mass protest at the end of the month here in Dharamshala, prompting the settlement officer here to issue a public appeal, urging peace and order in the community.

    Dharamshala settlement officer Dawa Rinchen told Phayul, “While I have no knowledge of when and how many people are going to hold a protest, my prerogative is to avoid any incidents here in Dharamshala where His Holiness the Dalai Lama resides where the CTA is based and subsequently where the eyes of the international community is transfixed on. Hence I appealed the public to maintain peace here.”

    Sporadic posts and videos on social media sites such as Facebook and WeChat expressed dissatisfaction over the handling of the situation calling for a transparent approach to the matter by President Sangay led Kashag. A Tibetan nitezen Tsering Chomphel wrote on Facebook, “I personally think transparency is the first rung of so called democracy ladder. In today’s world, we cannot and should not trust any individual or group blindly. If PT is innocent this time, he needs to speak out. It’s not about PT or Kashag. It’s about peoples trust. People will surely lose trust and interest in our politics if things are not made clear this time.”

    Tsering Samdup, a Tibetan sweater seller, said that it would be inappropriate if the Kashag issues a clarification simply because some section of the community demands it. “The concerned individual here is Penpa Tsering and if he denies Kashag’s decision and seeks clarification then Kashag might be obliged to give one. Otherwise, there is no need to clarify.”

    Another nitezen opined that three advisory letter/directives were enough caution by the Kashag. Tenzin Kunkyab wrote, “He got fired after three written warning (three yellow cards) after that they pulled red card, I don’t see any wrong with that unless PT himself have some explanation.” Penpa Tsering however claimed he only received one letter prior to his termination letter and has maintained he is not at fault.

    Some people have even called for more dramatic action to boycott the ‘Solidarity with Tibet rally for peace and non-violence’ on 10th December in New York where President Sangay is scheduled to attend. Penpa Tsering, the outgoing representative urged Tibetans in North America to participate in the event with the broader sense of the Tibetan issue at mind and not divisive politics.

    Meanwhile the Tibetan President who is currently on an official visit to northern Europe indicated that the Kashag might not budge and give a clear-cut answer on the issue. He said that Penpa Tsering has accepted the Kashag’s decision to remove him from the Washington office and his cabinet’s decision to remove and appoint liaison officers abruptly, is neither unprecedented nor illegal.

    The NA office remains the most crucial position in the hierarchy of outposts of the Tibetan polity. The new man in that seat, Education minister Ngodup Tsering today said he has gotten the blessing of His Holiness the Dalai Lama for his new role in Washington.



    Citing Fatigue, Dalai Lama Appoints Personal Emissaries

    November 16, 2017 12:29 PM
    Yeshi Dorje


    The Dalai Lama says he has appointed emissaries to attend international engagements or speak on his behalf indefinitely.

    Citing increasing physical fatigue, the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader made the comments while meeting with a group of international youth leaders brought to Dharmsala, India, by the Washington-based Institute of Peace.

    “I’m 82 years old, and since last year [my] feeling of tiredness has been much increased,” he told the group during video-recorded meetings last week.

    Because he may not be able to maintain a regular international travel schedule, he said, the president of Tibet’s current government-in-exile, Lobsang Sangay, along with prominent Buddhist scholar and former prime minister in exile, Samdong Rinpoche, would act as his official emissaries.

    These “trusted friends, they know my thinking,” he said. “Our work, continuously, should be more active [and internationally engaged], so in these two persons,” he said, pointing to Lobsang and Samdong, “I have full trust.”

    Looking to the dialogue moderator, USIP President Nancy Lindborg, the Dalai Lama said: “If your side … or your government’s side” has concerns, “then these two persons, either one, can participate as my representative or my personal emissary.”

    Penpa Tsering, representative for the Office of Tibet in Washington, which represents the Tibetan government-in-exile, downplayed the significance of the Dalai Lama’s statement.

    “I think this was more of a general statement,” he told VOA. “His holiness is sometimes too tired to travel, and his April visit to the United States has been suspended indefinitely, but he will continue to travel in India, and Europe is only a seven hour flight.”

    Adding that Lobsang’s presidential term is limited to five years, and the fact that Samdong has long served as a kind of unofficial deputy to the Dalai Lama, he said the November 6 comments do not represent a major diversion or change in Dharmsala’s official representation on the world stage.

    Symbol of Tibet

    However, Carole McGranahan, a University of Colorado anthropologist and historian of Tibet, says although prioritizing the Dalai Lama’s health requires a reduction in his international travel schedule, his physical absence from global engagements cannot be substituted via proxy.

    “So much of the goodwill and attention Tibet receives in the world is due to his holiness, and specifically due to his personal interactions with world leaders and with the large audiences he draws around the world. His deep wisdom, his humor and charisma, his serious attention to pressing world issues, and, of course, his model of compassion and leadership, make a deep impression on people,” she told VOA’s Tibetan Service via email.

    “For so much of the world, the Dalai Lama is the symbol of Tibet. Will his trusted emissaries be able to achieve the same effects? Of course not, as no one can truly stand in for the Dalai Lama,” she wrote. “They will be able to represent him, but no one can embody the message of Tibet as he does. His holiness’s stepping back from international travel will signal a new era of Tibetan diplomacy in the world.”

    Robert Barnett, director of the Modern Tibet Studies Program at Columbia University, says the decision may be a signal to Beijing.

    “Of course, there’s always the possibility that this move is intended as a post-19th Party Congress signal to Beijing of increased openness to a resumption of talks, or possibly even a response to a request from there,” he said. “It certainly should make Zhang Yijiong happier,” he added, referring to Communist Party’s Tibet working group chief, who told reporters on the sidelines of a party congress that there could be no excuses to meeting the Dalai Lama.

    “Except that it seems unlikely that warhorses of that type can ever be appeased,” Barnett said.

    In the United States, a California-based Tibetan monk named Tenzin Dhonden, who chairs the non-profit Friends of the Dalai Lama and was secretary of the Dalai Lama Trust, a charitable organization chaired by the Dalai Lama, has acted as a gatekeeper between the Dalai Lama and American philanthropists, scholars, celebrities and donors.

    Late last month, Dhonden, who falsely named himself Personal Emissary of Peace for the Dalai Lama in 2005, was suspended from the trust over corruption allegations.

    This story originated in VOA’s Tibetan Service. Pete Cobus contributed original reporting.


  52. Ngawang Wangchuk

    November 17, 2017 at 10:36 am

    China vs. Dharamsala in receiving President Trump

  53. Ngodup Tsering

    November 18, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    Big problem in Tibetan community now because of Sikyong. Penpa Tsering sacked without proper explanations. Tibetans around the world are unhappy with this because it makes Tibetans and the Dalai Lama look very bad. Have you seen this on WeChat?

  54. Ngodup Tsering

    November 29, 2017 at 11:35 pm

    The Dalai Lama said that he cannot change his religion to enter into the Hindu temple. He wants to visit the Hindu temple, but he cannot change his religion. Only those of Hindu faith can enter this temple. He tried to enter by saying indirectly make an exception. But the Hindu priest said no. Even for the Dalai Lama, a big celebrity, the rules cannot be changed. It would have been nice if the priest did change the rules because the temple is to be visited by all and blessings are for everyone.

    Similarly, Dorje Shugden people cannot change their religion so they cannot enter the Dalai Lama’s temple. So the situation is exactly the same. It would be nice if the Dalai Lama himself can change his rules too.

    Ngodup Tsering

    Dalai: Why Puri temple doors shut for non-Hindus?
    Minati Singha| TNN | Updated: Nov 22, 2017, 02:35 IST
    BHUBANESWAR: Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, on Tuesday questioned the practice of not allowing non-Hindus inside the Puri Jagannath Temple premises while criticising the Christian missionaries for trying to convert people of other faiths.
    “During my last visit to Odisha in 2010, I wished to go to the Jagannath Temple in Puri. I have a practice of visiting holy places wherever I go. I go to local places of worship like churches, gurdwaras, Hindu temples, Buddhist temples and mosques. I have made pilgrimages to Jerusalem (the holy city of the Jewish), the Syrian Christian Church and the Muslim sacred rock,” the Dalai Lama told TOI in an interview on Tuesday. He was responding to a question on the state’s unique Jagannath culture.
    The Dalai Lama, who is here on a two-day visit, said he cannot change his religion to enter the Jagannath Temple. “When I wanted to enter the Jagannath Temple in Puri, they said only Hindus are allowed inside the temple. So, in order to make a pilgrimage to the Jagannath Temple, I have to become a Hindu, which is very difficult,” said the Nobel laureate.
    The Dalai Lama also questioned conversions by Christian missionaries. “I never say Buddhism is the best religion. I never try to promote it in non-Buddhist countries and in Christian countries like Europe and America. I admire Christian brothers and sisters but don’t like it when they try to convert people. Being secular, like India, is a very practical and wonderful approach,” he said.
    Reacting to the Dalai Lama’s comment, Jagannath Temple priests said not allowing non-Hindus inside t is an age-old tradition. “Non-Hindus have not been allowed into the temple for centuries and the rule cannot be changed,” said Ramkrushna Das Mohapatra, president of the Daita Pati Nijog (an association of priests).

  55. Ngodup Tsering

    November 29, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    Picture caption:

    Sign in Sarnath that barred Shugden practitioners from a Gelug Monastery

    What the Dalai Lama said:

    “When I wanted to enter the Jagannath Temple in Puri, they said only Hindus are allowed inside the temple. So, in order to make a pilgrimage to the Jagannath Temple, I have to become a Hindu, which is very difficult,” said the Dalai Lama ~ ya we knew that long ago

  56. Ngodup Tsering

    November 29, 2017 at 11:38 pm

    Picture caption:

    A Gelug monastery in Sarnath bans Shugden practitioners from their monastery and teachings

    What the Dalai Lama said:

    “When I wanted to enter the Jagannath Temple in Puri, they said only Hindus are allowed inside the temple. So, in order to make a pilgrimage to the Jagannath Temple, I have to become a Hindu, which is very difficult,” said the Dalai Lama ~ ya we knew that long ago”

  57. Tsering

    March 3, 2018 at 6:54 am

    Comic drawn by Tendor, a prominent Free Tibet activist.

  58. Nabin Regmi

    May 14, 2019 at 11:19 pm

    Tibetians created a lot of problems in Nepal . tibetians khampas with help of RAW and CIA back in 1970s were using camps in Nepal to attack China but eventually they were crushed by Nepalese army . few tibetians got Nepalese citizenship because they had the very old copper plates probably around 15 or 16th century of Nepalese king who allowed them to settle and allowing them to graze animals in Nepalese territory.

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